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Transferable skills

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Transferable skills are skills that have been used before in other jobs and that can be used once in a new job.

Transferable skills are the talents a person gathers throughout their career and through other real life experiences which can be applied to a new job or new career. These talents might seem insignificant when a person is looking for new employment, however they’re often just what an employer is looking for when they’re hoping to hire a new employee. Transferable skills include the interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills a person obtained while working previous jobs, undertaking volunteer work, playing a team sport or completing a university degree.


Government of Canada, Services for Youth. “Skills inventory.” Online: (Retrieved on September 4, 2014)

Province of British Columbia. “Learn How to Determine Your Transferable Skills .” WorkBC. Online: (Retrieved on September 4, 2014)

Rosenberg McKay, Dawn. “Examples of Transferable Skills: A Short List of Skills You Can Use in Multiple Jobs.” About Careers. Online: (Retrieved on September 4, 2014)

Work Coach Café. “Career Dictionary” Online: (Retrieved on May 27, 2014)

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